That is the title of the recipe as it appears on an index card in my grandma’s recipe box. And while I haven’t tasted every pimiento cheese ball recipe in the world, this one is absolutely fantastic, so I definitely think the title is appropriate.

I’ve had cheese balls here and there, but for as much as I love cheese (and cream cheese, at that), none really ever made me go back for seconds. Fast forward to Christmas Day at my grandparents’ this past weekend. I walked in starving, and it wasn’t looking like we were going to be eating right away so I headed to the snack table to see what I could get my hungry little fingers on.

Enter the world’s best cheese ball.

Give me cheese, give me crackers, and I am a happy, happy camper. This cheese ball was heads and tails above just crackers and cheese though.

It had cream cheese. It had pimiento. It had nuts. It was almost a meal in and of itself. Almost.

I still ate plenty once we sat down for our Christmas lunch, but I think I’m definitely bringing the cheese ball back. SO freakin’ delicious.

Cheese Ball Recipe

A cheese ball is the perfect food for a party
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  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 drops Tabasco sauce
  • 2 ounce jar pimento, undrained
  • 3 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • Pecans or walnuts, finely chopped


  • Put the mayonnaise, cream cheese, garlic, parsley and Tabasco in a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the pimento and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Form the mixture into a ball shape (or form into two smaller balls) and roll in the chopped nuts to cover the outside.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight) to allow the flavors to meld together. Serve with your favorite crackers. Store leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped.


Nutritional values are based on the whole recipe
Calories: 1924kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 93g, Fat: 159g, Saturated Fat: 89g, Cholesterol: 459mg, Sodium: 3359mg, Potassium: 796mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 7310IU, Vitamin C: 72.4mg, Calcium: 2578mg, Iron: 5mg

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